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Gallardo-Law-Firm-and-Criminal-Defense-Lawyer-Miami-small-300x200Civil asset forfeiture is different from most legal processes, where law enforcement officials seize property they assert has been involved in criminal activity. One need not be involved or charged with a crime in order for his or her property to be seized. In other words, in civil asset forfeiture proceedings, it’s essentially the property that is charged with the crime.

Forfeiture laws have been used historically and are intended to be used as tools to fight organized crime. When targeting criminal organizations whose sheer amount resources make them incredibly difficult to prosecute, having a legal means to seize the assets of these organizations can be helpful in weakening them. In practice, however, civil asset forfeiture laws are not always used in this way.

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Alexandra-Danison-244x300Alexandra Danison of Palm Springs, Florida was arrested on Sept. 13 on a DUI charge. She was arrested inside Palm Beach after she failed to follow police orders to exit the island via one of the security checkpoints set up in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Danison, 32, was charged with a DUI. She was held at Palm Beach County jail and released on her own recognizance the following day. It is unclear if she has acquired the services of an attorney.

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squad-car-1209719_640-300x162Any property can be subject to forfeiture, whether it be cars, boats, airplanes, cash, bank accounts, homes or businesses. If it can be connected to a crime, then it can be seized by the government.

You might be wondering what steps you should take to get your property back once it is seized. Here are a few pointers about asset forfeiture and how you should proceed if your property gets involved.

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Hurricane-Irma-1-300x227Looters have reportedly been breaking into empty homes and businesses around Florida despite stern warnings from authorities. Some have been caught on camera.

ABC News caught footage of a group looting a shoe store in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday. The footage shows looters leaving Simon’s Sportswear with boxes of shoes. The perpetrators went on to rob a nearby pawn shop, sources say.

The suspects, six adults and three teens, were arrested by Fort Lauderdale Police hours later. The adults were identified as Rossano Henry Jr., Tyrell Pratt, Teonhki Robinson, Kenneth Pinkney, Michael Brown, and Zara Dumornay. All the suspects are charged with burglary during a natural disaster.

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https://www.briansilber.com/files/2017/09/David-J.-Miller-240x300.jpegDavid J. Miller of New York was indicted in federal court last week for allegedly stealing $3.6 million from the city of Miami Beach.

Miller, 45, faces 20 counts of bank fraud, one count of access device fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft. He was arrested in Syracuse, New York on unrelated identity theft charges on May 31. Sources say he is going to be transferred to Florida for his arraignment. The press did not name an attorney for him.

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